Brittney Richardson, OTD, OTR/L has been part of the ACCESS Occupational Therapy team since October of 2021. She currently serves the Academic Foundations classroom. It is Brittney's job to administer and interpret assessments and develop and implement intervention plans for the children at ACCESS, as well as educate and aid families and the ACCESS team to ensure that all children have the skills and supports they need to learn, grow, and maximize independence at home, in the classroom, and in their communities. Brittney believes that all children have a moral and just right to access quality education and activities that reflect their interests. Her experiences as a Razorback Basketball team member and her six years as a middle school and high school coach and teacher developed her passions to empower children to reach their personal goals.
As an occupational therapist, Brittney is passionate about ensuring children of all abilities have the opportunity to make and reach their own goals without limitation. This passion has been reflected in her graduate participation as a trainee and junior faculty member in the UAMS Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities organization in helping area families find the supports they need, shaping the perspectives of students entering the health fields, and in meeting with local and national politicians to ensure people of all abilities are afforded the same rights and privileges to lead meaningful lives of choice. Her mission of access for all is also reflected in her experience as a Special Olympics Volunteer and a Community Connections Director where her duties include coordinating activities for area youth with all abilities to ensure access to community involvement and leisure activities. Brittney is also the creator of the whOT’s next? Facebook page to facilitate transitions into adulthood for children with special needs.
Brittney loves working at ACCESS not only because she gets to have fun everyday by making learning fun, but because its very name echoes her greatest mission, to create access for all of her clients: access to dreams, goals, and access to meaningful lives of personal choice. When Brittney is not working at ACCESS she is still creating access for others as co-leader of the Community Connections Young Adult Social Group and Saline County Community Connections Area Director. She also enjoys wood-working, following and participating in sports, and spending time with her family and dogs.